Fun Facts

Chicago Dusk

  • At age 25, within seven months of graduating from Ohio State’s law school, Tom became the youngest District Attorney in the State of Wisconsin when appointed to the post by the late Governor Lee S. Dreyfus, Sr.  At age 26, Tom won a contested election to retain that post. At age 27, after having tried a dozen criminal jury trials (winning 11) and eschewing a political career, Tom resigned from the post to become a federal prosecutor in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Tom is the holder of two U.S. utility patents for a computer-related device that he invented in the early 1990s. U.S. 6,962,311, and U.S. 6,648,282. Both patents were awarded after Tom, representing himself, appealed adverse determinations made by the Patent and Trademark Office’s examiner. Although not a patent lawyer, Tom prevailed almost completely in both of the appeals which he briefed and argued before the former Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI)
  • While in private law-firm practice, Tom has never held any position other than partner, shareholder, or member; he was never an associate or counsel
  • Tom’s name appears as counsel on over 60 reported federal court opinions
  • Interests (beyond law, faith, and family):  Avid golfer since age 12; collector of classic Wilson Sporting Goods Co. sand irons and wedges; Ohio State and Big Ten football, basketball, and wrestling; Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and furniture; antique prints, especially of birds and landscapes; U.S. history; and genealogy.
  • Recent producer of a series of 14 YouTube videos (soon to be posted) on Wilson Staff Dyna-Powered golf wedges made between 1956-1975 — heavy, forged wedges that once ruled the professional golf world and that are still coveted and used today by golf cognoscenti.
  • Recent producer of YouTube video (soon to be posted) about Lone Star Dietz (1884-1964), a talented, accomplished, and trailblazing Native American who is deserving of renewed respect.  Mr. Dietz, who grew up five miles from where Tom grew up, was a protege of Charles Scobey “Pop” Warner at the Carlisle Institute; the only football coach to have guided Washington State University to a Rose Bowl victory (in 1916); the first Head Coach of the NFL team now known as the Washington Football Team (in 1932-1933); and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.